Team Trek

1-team-trek-best-chicago-gymAre You Up for a Challenge? Join Team Trek!

Race across America with three fellow members to four separate destinations! Stay motivated this summer with the help of your team and win prizes as you get fit. For six weeks, your team’s exercises will be converted into mileage to move your game piece along our map of the United States. Clubs will display the progress of their teams on a map and prizes will be awarded at each destination reached.

The 6-week program begins Monday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, Aug. 31. Registration is $49 and includes a 2014 Team Trek Shirt. Participants are eligible for 10% off fitness program purchases July 14–27.

Click here to register.

For more information contact your club’s Team Trek administrator:

East Lakeview – Marissa Panzeri (mpanzeri@ffc.com)
Gold Coast – Stephanie Metzler (smetzler@ffc.com)
Halsted Street – Stacy Lane (slane@ffc.com)
Lincoln Park – Cheryl Brown (cbrown@ffc.com)
Oak Park – Mike Radice (mradice@ffc.com)
Old Town – Megan Konor (mkonor@ffc.com)
South Loop – Josh Finfrock (jfinfrock@ffc.com)
Union Station – Keith Marszalik (kmarszalik@ffc.com)
West Loop – Sarah Lund (slund@ffc.com)


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Navy Pier

3-Navy-Pier-best-chicago-yoga-zumba-gymFitness Formula Clubs, aka Chicago Magazine’s Best Chicago Gym, is teaming up with one of Chicago’s most iconic destinations to bring you yoga and Zumba on the Pier! Every weekend from Saturday, July 12 to Sunday, Aug. 31*, get outside and get your fitness on! Classes will be $5 for members, $10 for non-members and parking will be available for $5 with a voucher you’ll get at class.

Saturdays, 8:45 am: Yoga on the North front lawn
Sundays, 8:45 am: Zumba on the back East sundeck

Click here to register!

*Classes will NOT be held on the Air & Water Show weekend – Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sunday, Aug. 17.


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Eating Seasonally, Fueling Locally

2-farmers-market-best-chicago-weight-loss-nutritionWhat if we told you there was something you could eat to fuel your body, improve your skin, aid in weight loss, and lower your risk for several chronic diseases? And that by buying it you’d be supporting your community? Well, it’s true! We’re talking about fruits and vegetables, and this time of year, your local Farmers Markets are chock-full of these nutrient-dense foods that not only offer several health benefits, but also taste fantastic. Buying local food also benefits the environment and the local economy, and promotes safer food supply practices.

What can you find in Chicago’s Farmers Markets in July? Fresh fruits available now include blueberries, blackberries, cherries, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries. You can also find a wide variety of vegetables, including artichokes, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, green onions, kale, lettuce, okra, radishes, rhubarb, spinach, sprouts, summer squash, swiss chard, tomatoes and turnips.

Click here to find a Farmers Market near you! Here’s a delicious, healthy recipe you can make with the ingredients you find on your next Farmers Market excursion!

Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables
Servings: 6
Serving size: 1 cup

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup white wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 medium summer squash or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
2. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes.
3. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil.
4. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
5. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more.
6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.

Nutritional Fact Per Serving: 92 calories; 4 g fat (1 g saturated 2 g monounsaturated); 2 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 3 g protein; 158 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium

Article written by FFC’s Registered Dietician Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN. To contact Carrie email clinke@ffc.com.


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Cool Everyday Deals

4-Best-chicago-spa-massageYour skin has been through a lot. Your emotions have been toiled with. It was a rough winter. And it wasn’t the greatest spring. We think you deserve some high quality spa time to get you ready for what is sure to be a fun (and hopefully sun) filled summer. For the month of July, Fitness Formula Clubs is offering a spa deal every day of the week, valid until 3 pm.

Mondays: $39/30-minute massage or facial
Tuesdays: $69/60-minute massage or facial
Wednesdays: 20% of waxing services
Thursdays: $99/90-minute massage
Fridays: 20% off any single item in the Spa or Sport Shops
Weekends: $109/90-minute Vitality Signature Treatment


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Ortanic

5 ortanic-best-custom-airbrush-spray-tan-chicagoGet A Polished Look For Summer
Let’s face it, after the cold harsh winter, your skin is likely to feel and look a little more like a crocodile’s than a baby’s. That’s where we step in! In July, come to the Spa at FFC for a quick and fantastic Body Polish for just $29 (normally $55). A finely ground coffee scrub invigorates and detoxifies skin, sloughing away dry, dead skin cells to leave you feeling soft and smooth. Having a body polish before an Ortanic Airbrush Tan guarantees a smoother all-over application of the tanning solution, allowing it to set more evenly. Also this month, upgrade your Ortanic Tan to a Deluxe for just $6 (normally $9), which includes pre-and-post-spray balancers that extend the life and beauty of your tan by ridding your skin of oils & dry spots and finally, “sealing” in the tan with a mist. Come over to the spa and we’ll give you just the look you need to put the wow in your summer wardrobe!

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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FREE NovaCare Injury Screenings

6-novacare-best-chicago-gym-physical-therapyDo you have an injury that pops up now and again, or a persistent pain that won’t go away? Stop by one of Fitness Formula Clubs’ following locations for a complimentary injury screening, courtesy of NovaCare.

All locations’ screenings will be 5:30-7:30 pm, except Union Station:
Wednesday, July 2: Halsted Street
Tuesday, July 8: West Loop
Wednesday, July 9: Lincoln Park
Tuesday, July 22: East Lakeview
Wednesday, July 23: Union Station (11:30 am-1:30 pm)
Wednesday, July 23: South Loop

NovaCare physical therapists are running specialists!

Training for your first 5k, 10k, half, or even full marathon? Don’t fret—NovaCare is here to get you to the finish line injury-free!

Runners in the Chicago community have trusted our therapists to address their injuries and equip them with the tools they need to achieve their goals. With you in mind, here are a few tips to prevent those injuries and keep you running strong!

1) Rolling toys! Every runner should invest in a foam roll. It will become your best friend, or close to it! Foam rolling is a great way to achieve an improved range of motion and to decrease pain. It’s what we in the therapy world call “soft tissue mobilization.” How does it work? The connective tissue encompassing our muscles is called fascia . When fascia becomes restricted, it needs is a little TLC to help keep muscles nice and loose, alleviating pain, or preventing certain musculoskeletal injuries such as ITB Syndrome and Runner’s knee. The most common running injury is knee pain, and with proper use of a foam roll, a good massage helps loosen the otherwise tight connective tissue. We even recommend using a foam roll after a run. Foam rolling, combined with drinking plenty of water, will help release lactic acid, which builds up in your muscles after a run and causes soreness. Foam rolls are available for purchase at any of our NovaCare locations! Visit www.novacare.com/markets/chicagoland.aspx to find the location closest to you!

2) Stretching! When do you stretch? Before a run, afterward or both? Not all stretches are created equal! We recommend you perform dynamic/active stretches before running, followed by static or dynamic stretching after your runs. Proper stretching is designed to loosen, activate, and mobilize your muscles, fascia, nerves, blood vessels, and lymph vessels, and all must be mobile for optimal performance! Think of it this way: we are three-dimensional creatures, so our tissues need to move and stretch in multiple directions. Stretching at different angles helps mobilize the entire muscle. Before you perform an activity, you need to alert your muscles to the task at hand. Doing active/dynamic stretching sets off the brain’s “task reminder.” Last but not least, never stretch into pain; listen to your body! Check out the stretches here: www.facebook.com/NovaCareChicago/photos_albums!

3) Strengthening! This is probably the most important tip. Remember, our bodies are three-dimensional, moving in multiple planes of movements. That’s why it’s important to strengthen all the muscles in your body. Specifically, we recommend balance, lateral gluteal work and core exercises. If you have a strong foundation and strong ankles, you reduce your risk of injury! Check out the recommended strengthening exercises here: www.facebook.com/NovaCareChicago/photos_albums!

4) Form Meets Function! Why do some people who use the foam roll and perform their core exercises still get injured? This is often the product of poor running form and running mechanics. Why not sign up for a Video Gait Analysis (VGA) at our FFC Union Station location, 444 W. Jackson Blvd., and find out how you could be a more efficient and injury-free runner? Call 312-407-0143 for more information on scheduling and costs.

5) Ice, Ice, baby. If something feels sore after a run, put some ice on it! Get a bag of frozen peas or put ice cubes in a Ziplock bag with some water and apply to the sore muscle or joint. Keep it there for 15 – 20 minutes. However, if pain or soreness persists, give us a call and we can help you out! Our injury hotline is here to provide you with answers and the recommended health care you need! Call 866-TRY-NOVA.

NovaCare is happy to provide the highest quality of care. Should you sustain an injury, trust NovaCare’s licensed physical therapists to offer unmatched compassion and expertise to help you return to running pain-free, and be ready to take on your next race with confidence!

Guest blog by Jason Garner, NovaCare Physical Therapist at FFC Union Station
NovaCare Rehabilitation


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New Pilates Space, Equipment, Instructor and Class!

7-East-Lakeview-best-chicago-pilates-studioFFC East Lakeview recently upgraded its Pilates studio from 250 to 450 square feet. Ten new pieces of equipment have been added to increase availability and programming. Welcome new instructor Justin Kam! Starting July 12, Justin will be adding a new class to the group apparatus schedule, Pilates Force Fusion, Saturdays at 1 pm. Contact Justin Kam at jkam@ffc.com for more info or to sign up!
There will also be a party to welcome Justin and celebrate the new space this month. Stay tuned for details!


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Happy Fourth of July!

american-flag-best-chicago-gymIt’s summer in Chicago. And it finally feels like it! Join us for a class or workout during modified holiday hours before your weekend of fireworks and festivities. Follow the links below if you need some extra ideas for fun to fill your weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Thursday, July 3

  • All clubs close at 8pm

Friday, July 4

  • 7am – 3pm: Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, South Loop
  • 7am – 5pm: East Lakeview, West Loop
  • Closed: Old Town, Union Station

Saturday, July 5

  • All clubs open at regular time

Where to watch the fireworks
Neighborhood festivals
The Sox are in town
Other things to do
And a few more


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Yoga by the Lake

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Back by popular demand!

Join FFC for Yoga by the Lake at Belmont Harbor. Classes run June 1 – August 31.

Tuesday nights from 7-8 PM
Sunday mornings 11-12 PM

These yoga classes are complimentary for members and non-members alike! What a great way to introduce your friends to one of the many FFC offerings.

Directions: Belmont Harbor – Make your way under Lake Shore Drive at the Addison walking tunnel, turn right and continue south. At the toll booth, turn left and continue on the outside of the Harbor until you reach the furthest point south.

Rain Delays/Cancellations: If it rains on the day/morning of your class, we will bring it inside. Tuesdays’ classes will be held at Halsted Street. Sundays’ classes will be held at East Lakeview. Contact the clubs for confirmation.


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Gifts for Athletes, Dads and Grads

Spa-best-Chicago-massageNot sure what to get those special people in your life?  Any athlete, Dad or Grad would be thrilled to have their hard work pay off with a relaxing massage or two.  Choose from Two: 60 Minute Massages for $145 or 90 Minutes for $199. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through June 30, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.


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Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon

Chicago-rock-n-roll-half-marathonFitness Formula Clubs is proud to be the Official Health Club of the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality. Join the fun on July 20th with 13.1 rockin miles through downtown Chicago, an epic finish in Grant Park and post race party with Cold War Kids. Not ready for a half marathon? Rock the 5K instead!
Save $10 on the half marathon with code FFCCHI and save $5 on the 5K with the code FFCCHI5K. We can’t wait to ROCK with you!

Click her to register: http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/chicago


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Summer Schedules

chicago-group-exerciseSummer is finally here and along with warmer temps comes our summer group fitness schedules. Interested in taking your workouts outdoors? So are we. Whether it is rooftop, pool deck or yoga by the lake get some vitamin D and join us for summertime sun salutations. For all updated group fitness schedules go to ffc.com/group-fitness, you can search by club, class or instructor. See you in class.


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Mellow Mama™ Special

best-pregnancy-massage-spa-chicagoEnjoy a complete body massage using specific pre-natal techniques and products to help relax, increase circulation, alleviate tired muscles and reduce excess water retention and stretch marks. The Mellow Mama™ treatment focuses on the specific muscles that are responsible for supporting the pregnant tummy. 75 Minutes for just $95. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Offer valid from June 15 – July 15, 2014. No two discounts apply.


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Race = Reward

Best-Chicago-Spa-MayThe FFC annual race-bib promotion starts in June. Bring in your bib from any race now through October 17, 2014 to receive $10 off a single 60 minute massage, or $15 off a single 90 minute massage. Each race bib will be recorded and may only be used once. You may bring in additional race bibs. May not be combined with other offers or discounts. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here.


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Earn a Free Ortanic Tan!

Ortanic-Best-chicago-airbrush-tanSummer is on its way and that means its Ortanic season! For a limited time only, refer three (3) friends and your next tan is FREE! Simply complete the referral form by clicking here, book your appointment, and we’ll take care of the rest!*

Have you seen our fun web series, The Ortanic Diaries, which tells the story of a young woman whose life is transformed by Ortanic? Watch it here.

*Applies only to valid, verifiable email addresses. Offer expires June 30, 2014. Limit one per customer. Free tan must be used by November 30, 2014.


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Athletes Village

athletes-village-best-chicago-gymFFC South Loop will act as complimentary gear check for members and non-members for select race events through the fall. Racers with a bib will have access to the club all day, and we will open earlier on those days to accommodate. After the race, we will have massage therapists and trainers on hand for stretching and to soothe your tired muscles. The cafe will provide discounts on food and smoothies for runners presenting bibs on race days.

We will host Athlete Village for the following races :
Sunday, July 20 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (Open at 5 am)
Saturday, July 26 – Big Ten 10k (Open at 5:30 am)
Sunday, Aug. 31 – Magnificent Mile Women’s Half Marathon (Open at 5:30 am)
Saturday, Sept. 27 – Ditka Dash 5k (Open at 6:30 am)
Sunday, Oct. 12 – Chicago Marathon (Open at 5 am)
Sunday, Nov. 9 – Hot Chocolate 15/5k (Open at 5:30 am)

Contact Kathleen Weber at kweber@ffc.com to secure your spot.


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Summer SLIM-DOWN Foods

Nutrition-Registered-Dietitian-Weight-lossWith summer season in full swing, we all desire to control cravings, banish belly bulge and de-buff that gut of ours to look good in a swimsuit. FFC friends, start adding one or all of these scrumptious slim-down foods into your daily health routine for that rocking bikini body we all crave.

Salmon
Why it’s slimming savvy: Omega-3 Fat
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show may help control appetite, increase calorie burning and decrease the amount of fat your body stores.

Watermelon
Why it’s slimming savvy: High water-content
Watermelon is 92% water. Research shows foods with high water-content may help you naturally eat hundreds calories less per meal.

Jicama
Why it’s slimming savvy: Soluble Fiber
This root-veggie is an excellent source of fiber. Belly-filling fiber stabilizes blood sugar, which helps to control cravings.
Bonus: High soluble-fiber intake strikes a blow to belly fat.

Avocado
Why it’s slimming savvy: MUFA’S
A diet rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids prevents central abdominal fat. Plus, research shows avocado-eaters have a lower BMI and smaller waist circumference than non avocado-eaters.

Grapefruit
Why it’s slimming savvy: Vitamin C
Vitamin C reduces cortisol, the stress hormone that causes chronic fat storing around the belly section.

Grass-fed Organic Beef
Why it’s slimming savvy: CLA
Consistent CLA intake is linked to long-term weight management by lowering body fat. Grass-fed meats contain 3-5x higher CLA levels than grain-fed meats.

Coconut Oil
Why it’s slimming savvy: MCFA’s
Medium –chain fatty acids are easy for the body to digest; meaning the fat calories are utilized as a “quick” energy source without an insulin surge, allowing the body to burn fat.

Kombutcha
Why it’s slimming savvy: Fermentation
Kombutcha contains “beneficial” bacteria that helps keep your gut in check. Research declares a strong link between bad gut bacteria and weight gain.

Pineapple
Why it’s slimming savvy: Enzyme called bromelain
Bromelain found in pineapple aids in digestion and banishing bloating. The more a food is broken down during the digestion process, the less bloating we feel and the slimmer we look.

Ginger
Why it’s slimming savvy: Gingerols
Research suggests ginger plays a critical role in weight management by enhancing thermogenesis and reducing feelings of hunger post ginger consumption.
Bonus: Ginger reduces stress, which can result in less emotional eating.

Reach out to your Registered Dietitian, Jessica Dogert RD, LDN, CPT by email: jdogert@ffc.com or cell: (708) 351-9536 to help you craft simple recipes with the above slimming savvy foods.


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Scuba Certification

Scuba_bannerSo, you have the thirst for adventure!
Fitness Formula Clubs and Captain Darrick Lorenzen’s Divemax Scuba Schools are organizing and guiding fundamental dive training. Full certification can be completed in as little as three days. Non-members welcome. All individuals considering enrollment must attend one of the following complimentary orientations.
Tuesday, June 3 at FFC Halsted
Wednesday, June 4 at FFC Union Station
Thursday, June 5 at FFC Lincoln Park

Module #1: Scuba Certification classroom and pool instruction will be held on Sunday, June 8 from 7:30am – 4pm at FFC Union Station. For more information or to confirm your attendance at the free orientation, please contact Captain Darrick Lorenzen at 773-732-8972 or captdarrick@divemaxscuba.com.


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Summer Slim Down Challenge

Summer-Slim-Down-lose-weightAre you ready to lose weight and feel great this summer? We’ve got a 4 week jump-start plan for you to refresh your healthy eating habits and slim down for summer with daily tips and recipes. Meet with Registered Dietitian, Jessica Dogert, RD, LDN, CPT once a week for 4 weeks. First session is 60 minutes and each of the following weeks are 30 minute sessions. Learn summer slim down techniques and weigh in weekly. Contact Jessica at jdogert@ffc.com to get started for only $249.


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Pilates for Runners

Best-Chicago-Pilates-Studio-RunFor a runner, posture is one of the key ingredients to success and posture is very dependent on a strong core. Pilates exercises create a stronger, more flexible spine and core by supporting and strengthening the muscles of the torso, hips, shoulders and pelvis. This all adds up to more efficient movement and less chance of injury.
Join Pilates instructor James Dorfer for a complimentary workshop on Saturday, June 28 at 11am.
Contact James at jdorfer@ffc.com for more information.


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Garage Closure

NYPR Garage and all FFC Parking Spaces will be unavailable on Wednesday, June 11 from 8am to 5pm for power washing. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to improve your member experience.


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May Is Pilates Month, So Why Not Try A Class?

Pilates-lose-weight-fastPilates concentrates on strengthening your core, the foundation of your whole being. It also connects the mind and the body, yielding better results than workouts that concentrate only on the body.

FFC member Suzi shares, The thing about Pilates is that it grows with you.  As you become stronger, more flexible, and more skilled, it becomes more challenging.  My instructor Kristin guides each exercise to my specific level, increasing the intensity, strength, and skill along the way.  She is taking my fitness to a place I never thought it could be.  Kristin’s personalized approach comes through in her mat classes, as well as individual training.”

In celebration of National Pilates Month, FFC will be hosting complimentary events at several of our locations.  We invite you to experience what Pilates has to offer!

Schedule of Events

East Lakeview

  • Saturday, May 17, 12-2pm: Pilates Open House and Brunch
  • Sunday, May 18, 12-1pm: Pilates for Athletes

Halsted Street

  • Monday, May 12, 5-6pm: Pilates Core and Stability Challenge
  • Saturday, May 17, 11:45am-12:45pm: Pilates for Bad Backs
  • Thursday, May 29, 6-7pm: Pilates for Tight Muscles

Oak Park

  • Wednesday, May 21, 12-1:30pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Wednesday, May 28, 12:30-1:30pm: Pilates for Bad Backs

South Loop

  • Tuesday, May 13, 7:30-8:15am: Intro to Group Apparatus Class
  • Thursday, May 15, 7-8pm: Pilates for Runners
  • Monday, May 19, 7:30-8:15pm: Pilates Wunda Chair Class
  • Thursday, May 22, 6:30-7:15am: Cardio Jumpboard Class
  • Tuesday, May 27, 7-7:45pm: Intro to Pilates with Props Mat Class

Union Station

  • Monday, May 12, 11am-1pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Wednesday, May 14, 12-2pm: Pilates Open House
  • Wednesday, May 21, 12-1pm: Pilates for Runners

West Loop

  • Tuesday, May 13, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes
  • Tuesday, May 13, 12:15-1:15pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Tuesday, May 20, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes
  • Thursday, May 22, 12:15-1:15pm: Ask the Pilates Trainer
  • Tuesday, May 27, 12-1pm: Complimentary Group Apparatus Classes

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Memorial Day Weekend 2014 – CLUB HOURS

Monday, May 26

  • 8am – 2pm: Union Station
  • 7am – 5pm: Oak Park, Old Town
  • 7am – 7pm: East Lakeview, Gold Coast, Halsted Street, Lincoln Park, South Loop, and West Loop

Tuesday, May 27

  • Reopen 4:30am: East Lakeview, Halsted Street, Oak Park, South Loop, and West Loop
  • Reopen 5:00am: Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, and Union Station

 


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TriMonster Chicago Marathon Program

Running-first-marathon-weight-lossOnly 1% of the country has completed a marathon. Our Chicago marathon training program will help you join the select group of Americans that sought change in their lives or needed a goal to strive for.

We have the most comprehensive program in the Midwest and Chicago. Click here for complete details and to register.

 


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May Spa Specials

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The Race to the Spa is On!

Training for Soldier Field 10?  Chicago Triathlon?  Terrapin 5K?  Chicago Marathon?  Whether you’re prepping for a race or just running/swimming/cycling for exercise, don’t let muscle soreness or fatigue get in the way of keeping your training on track.

Buy three 60-minute massages of your choice for only $219. Plus, we’ll use a pain-relieving formula in your services to enhance the effects of your massage.

Your next massage is just as important as your next workout!

Package available for purchase May 1-31 and will expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply. For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here.

 

When To Get A Sports Massage 

People often ask about the differences between various massage modalities so that they may choose the service that best suits their immediate need.  One of the most common questions is “what is the difference between a sports massage and a deep tissue massage?”  We figured we’d help remove the guesswork for you when deciding.

Top 3 reasons to get a sports massage:

  1. You have a chronic pain from a specific athletic activity - Whether you’re a swimmer, cyclist, runner or lifter, over time and with age, pain from over/mis-use of muscles can result in muscle scar tissue that impedes mobility and flexibility.  Sports massage on specific targeted muscle groups will help to break up adhesions caused by repetitive use. Range of motion exercises, stretching and Swedish/deep tissue massage are all utilized during sports massage sessions for chronic pain.
  2. You’re training for a race or athletic event – While you’re logging miles for your upcoming event, your body needs stretching and flushing of lactic acid.  Muscle soreness, particularly in the quads, hamstrings, glutes and hips is common.  Regular sports massage will help keep you limber and reduce muscle and joint discomfort.
  3. You’ve just completed a race - In the hours and days after your event, your body will go through a series of recovery stages.  Immediately after the race, having a therapist perform a “sports flush” and some light stretching movements will speed your recovery time.  In the following days, massage will help ease the aches, pains and stiffness and is your reward for your athletic investment.

For most clients during the intake with your therapist, you and he/she can determine what service is best for you.  Often times a therapist will employ several different techniques into his or her massage so that you reap the maximum benefit.  Ask your spa therapist today if sports massage is right for you.

Book a sports massage online at www.ffc.com/spa.

 

 


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You Tone It… We Tan It!

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You’re working hard to tone up those abs, legs and arms!  We can enhance your skin’s tonicity with a custom contouring by Ortanic!  This month, check in for your Ortanic service on Facebook or Tweet about your visit for 10% off. Your skin will look its best and will have a glow without that orange color, funny smell or unsightly streaks!

Ortanic airbrush tanning is available at FFC Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Oak Park, and West Loop locations for all FFC Members and Non-Members.

Visit the website for more information, or book your appointment now. May not be combined with other offers and may not be applied to membership.

*Restrictions may apply.

Tan Custom. Tan Smart. Ortanic.


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May is Pilates Month!

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Pilates concentrates on strengthening your core, the foundation of your whole being. It also connects the mind and the body, yielding better results than workouts that concentrate only on the body.

Join us for the following complimentary events:

  • Saturday, May 17, 12-2pm Pilates Open House and Brunch
  • Sunday, May 18, 12-1pm Pilates for Athletes

Contact Rachel Sutter at rsutter@ffc.com for more details.

 


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Spa

Mothers-day-weight-lossShhhhh… Mom’s the Word!  Surprise the special women in your life or reward yourself with a wonderful spa package for Mother’s Day.  Choose from the following:

  • Twice the Love:  Two 60-Minute Massages of your choice for $139 or
    Two 90-Minute Massages of your choice for $189
  • Mama-to-Be:  75-Minute Mellow Mama Massage + 45-Minute Yummy Tummy Treatment for $159

Still can’t decide what to get mom? An FFC gift card is the perfect choice, every time! Restrictions apply.  See the Front Desk for details, or purchase online here.

For more information, visit the Front Desk or book Spa services online here. Packages are available for purchase through May 11, 2014 and expire one year from date of purchase. No two discounts apply.

 


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Weight Loss

Best-Chicago-weight-loss-trainerFitness Formula Clubs has been helping people overcome challenges and lose weight for 30 years.  The best weight loss results are achieved through a combination of good exercise, healthy eating and lifestyle habits. Our programs are designed to optimize fat loss and maintain lean muscle mass as you drop those unwanted pounds and inches.

Are you are interested in losing weight and keeping it off?  Contact Scott at sl@ffc.com, and he will help find the best solution for you!


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FFC and Gift of Hope Urge Members to Get Fit for Life

fit-for-life-donorFitness Formula Clubs and Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network are partnering to raise public awareness of organ and tissue donation.  We set out to encourage people to register as organ and tissue donors through the network’s month-long Fit for Life Campaign, conducted throughout National Donate Life Month in April.

In late 2013, FFC named Gift of Hope its charity partner for FFC’s 2014 Year of Wellness Contest. That partnership continues during National Donate Life Month, as we work together to promote donation through special events and a series of donor registration drives at all nine FFC locations during April. (See schedule below.)

Our premier event will be held at FFC Union Station on Wednesday, April 16. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and the Jesse White Tumblers will be on location to show their support for organ and tissue donation, while showcasing their acrobatic prowess. Kidney transplant candidate and 2013 FFC Year of Wellness Contest winner Quinetta Taylor also will be on hand to share her personal story of donation and transplantation. Please join us for this special showcase event.

The schedule of donor registration drives being held at FFC locations can be found below. Make plans to stop by to register as a donor or show us that you’ve already registered and receive a complimentary gift.

  • East Lakeview: Saturday, April 5, 8am – 12pm
  • Old Town: Monday, April 7, 4:30 – 8pm
  • West Loop: Wednesday, April 9, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • Lincoln Park: Tuesday, April 15, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Union Station: Wednesday, April 16, 10:30am – 1:30pm
  • South Loop: Saturday, April 19, 8am – 12pm
  • Gold Coast: Monday, April 21, 4:30 – 8pm
  • Oak Park: Wednesday, April 23, 7 – 10:30am
  • Halsted: Tuesday, April 29, 4:30 – 8pm

For more information about the Fit for Life Campaign, e-mail Daniela Spaid, FFC’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, or call her at 312-648-4666, ext. 229.


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Your Mood Needs a Workout

spring-renewal-chicago-spaDon’t neglect your mind and spirit when it comes to getting in shape!  Spring is a time of renewal – the grass is beginning to turn green again, the days are getting longer, and we begin to shed extra winter pounds.  It’s important as you ramp up your exercise routine not to forget to take time to nurture your soul.  It is true that your body’s mood elevator, serotonin, will increase from exercise, but is it enough to combat daily stress?  Probably not.  Finding activities that nourish your creative, spiritual side and that balance you out is just as important as cycling, running, or swimming.  Take a painting class, commune with good friends, get a great massage, go far a slow intentional walk, hug your loved ones a little tighter. We’re sure you’ll see that coupling physical exercise with emotional exercise will find you at your happiest!

This month, when you join us at the spa for a soul-enhancing experience, we’ll delight you with a Signature Vitality detoxifying treatment, massage, and overall well-body treatment for 90 minutes at a special price of $115* (save $30).  Is your skin in need of a re-charge?  Try our Signature Facial for just $89*.  Transition from winter to spring at the Spa —- You won’t regret it!  Book your appointment online today! Offer expires 4/30/14.

Tax Week Spa Rebate:
Get $10 Back in Spa Bucks between April 13 – April 19 for any service of 60 Minutes or More.  $5 Back on all other services.*

*No two discounts apply.

Oh Mama Mio!
The Spas at FFC now offer several specialty spa / massage treatments for New Moms and Moms-to-be!  You or a loved one will be transported by:

  • The Yummy Tummy to increase circulation, facilitate the reduction of stretch marks, and relax the neck and shoulders
  • The Mellow Mama to relax the entire body, reduce excess water retention, and ease the stress of pregnancy, and
  • The 4th Trimester Healing Hour to help realign and restore the body as it adapts to motherhood during those first weeks and months after giving birth.

These services are perfect gift for yourself or someone you love!  Book now!


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How to Get Your Protein!

Nutrition-Protein-WeightlossVegetarian and Vegan Protein Sources

We all need protein, not just for building muscle, but also for growth and development, organ and tissue repair, and immune system function. While the exact amount that’s right for you depends on your gender, age, and physical activity level, it is generally recommended that adults get 10-35% of their total daily calories from protein. Meat, poultry, and fish typically get the credit for being the best sources, but what about vegetarian and vegan options? Is it possible to get enough protein without eating meat?

The answer is yes! Those who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet can still get adequate protein by consuming protein-rich foods, such as the ones listed below:

Serving Size

Grams of Protein

Calories per Serving

Lentils, cooked

1 cup

18

138

Tempeh, cooked

½ cup

15

163

Yogurt, Greek, plain

6 oz.

15

100

Beans, black or kidney

1 cup

15

113

Chickpeas

1 cup

14

269

Cottage cheese, 2%

½ cup

13

97

Veggie burger

1 patty

11

124

Tofu, firm

½ cup

10

88

Quinoa, cooked

1 cup

8

132

Green peas, cooked

1 cup

8

125

Soy milk

1 cup

8

214

Edamame, cooked

½ cup

8

95

Peanut butter

2 TBSP

8

190

Cheese

1 oz.

7

114

Egg

1 large egg

6

72

Almonds

1 oz.

6

164

Even if you eat meat as part of your normal diet, try experimenting with the above protein sources and adopt Meatless Mondays. Not only will you get to try out new recipes, you’ll also reduce your carbon footprint!

Learn more healthy eating habit tips at our Ten-Week Nutrition Series to be held at FFC Union Station.

Join FFC’s Registered Dietician, Carrie Linke, MS, RD, LDN on Tuesdays at 5:30pm starting April 8 to participate in this 10 part nutrition series.  You will come away with a better understanding of foods and new habits to help you eat healthier. Reaching your fitness goals is a factor of the amount of exercise and movement conducted daily plus the type of food we eat, amount of food we eat, and our minds connection with food.

The Ten-Week Nutrition Series topics include:

• Nutrition 101

• Understanding your Metabolism

• Decoding Food Labels

• Portion Distortion

• Carbs

• Fats: Good, Bad, & Ugly

• Protein

• Vitamins, Minerals, & Supplements

• Behavioral Modification/Mindful Eating

• Dining Out

Sign up for the entire series or select courses that meet your needs.  Attend all 10 sessions for $200 or pay $25 to drop into the sessions of your choice.  Contact clinke@ffc.com for more details and to register.

 


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Spring Group Fitness Schedules

chicago-group-exercise1Our Spring group fitness schedules begin Tuesday, April 1! Check out these three new classes:

  • Mini Bar – a 30-minute, total-body-burner using just the Versa Bars.

  • Fast Break – a body-conditioning class using small basketballs. Increase hand-eye coordination, improve rhythmic skills and get your cardio on with aerobic and anaerobic drills.

  • Candlelight Yoga – a relaxed, easy-to-follow class set to the cool vibe of electric tea lights.

Visit ffc.com to find these and all of our great classes.

 


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Boot Camps!

ffc_bootcamp_chicago_bannerChoose from three levels of boot camps to kick your spring into gear.  New sessions begin April 7.

  • Show the Ropes (Beginner)
    Kick start your exercise program with a strength and conditioning program built around many of the most popular pieces of equipment at our FFC locations.  Maximize your time in the club efficiently and achieve your fitness goals in this non-intimidating and fun group session.  No workout repeat itself.

  • Whip into Shape (Intermediate)
    Take your workouts to the next level by building upon the training of the show the ropes program and push your limits in this group workout.  This session will challenge your muscular and cardiovascular system utilizing TRX Suspension Trainers, kettlebells, medicine balls, and calisthenics.

  • Master Your Skills (Advanced)
    Looking to achieve your maximum fitness potential?  Join our advanced group-training program of high-intensity workouts that include anaerobic cardiovascular exercises such as sprinting, plyometrics, and Olympic exercises.

Participate one or two times per week ($120 – 1x/week and $215 – 2x/wk)

Click on your boot camp of choice above to register.


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Get a Luxurious Tan Without the Vacation Price Tag

I LOVE ORTANIC (1)Accentuate your spring wardrobe, prom dress, wedding gown or tuxedo with an Ortanic custom airbrush tan.

This month:
-Ortanic Deluxe Tan (including pre- & post-treatment) – just $47 (reg. $56).
-PLUS! Optional travel-size Tan Extender for just $3!
Offer expires 4/30/14. No two discounts apply.

Book online now or call 1-877-ORTANIC.


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New Tread Express Class

Time to kick your weight loss goals into high gear?  Join Keith Kimble on Thursday nights from 6:30-7:00pm on the fitness floor for Tread Express! This high-intensity treadmill workout includes drills that will condition your cardiovascular system, burn fat, boost your metabolism and whip you into shape!  All fitness levels welcome.


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Pilates for Athletes

Pilates_Men_athleteJoin Joy Miles on April 10 from 7:15-8:15 pm for a complimentary workshop geared towards people who take part in athletic endeavors and would like to learn how Pilates can enhance their performance. Whether your sport of choice is soccer, basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, skiing, biking, running, swimming, golf, tennis, rugby, lacrosse, etc, Pilates can improve your game!

Contact Joy at jmiles@ffc.com to register.


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Beach Body Bootcamp

Beach_Body_Bootcamp_bannerBelieve it or not… the summer is approaching!   Prepare for swimsuit season and achieve the results you want this spring by committing to the Beach Body Bootcamp.  The program includes two Pilates Group Classes with certified Pilates instructor, James Dorfer and one Personal Training Bootcamp with certified personal trainer, Caitlin Akey.

Classes meet three times per week on Monday and Thursday at 7:30pm and Saturday at 12:00pm for 4 weeks.
Price is $344.

To enroll, contact Caitlin Akey at cakey@ffc.com.


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